Even with overwhelming bi-partisan support of ending the practice, lawmakers chose petty politics over good policy.
Not only do citizens oppose the practice, but it also failed on important issues of two of Texas’ largest cities.
The 140 days of the legislative session have concluded. What did—and did not—get accomplished?
Taxpayer-funded lobbying ban, protecting women’s sports, and social media censorship bills were killed on the House deadline.
The committee substitute that passed the House State Affairs Committee last week is curiously different from the version that passed the overall Senate.
This deadline however meant more than just another date on the calendar, it sealed the legislative fate for hundreds of bills still languishing in the legislative process to include priorities of the Republican Party of Texas.
“We have very little voter turnout. We need people to get out and to vote.”
Here is a look at where the candidates for the Amarillo City Council stand on taxpayer-funded lobbying in Texas.
Commissioners in conservative Collin County say taxpayers shouldn’t be required to pay for lobbying efforts that advocate against their interests.
“Texas voters simply do not want the local officials they have elected to represent them spending their tax dollars on hired-gun lobbyists who often have no connection to their community and may be working against their interests.”